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EXPAND thy wings, celestial Dove,

By A Collection of Hymns

      1 EXPAND thy wings, celestial Dove,
      And, brooding o'er my nature's night,
      Call forth the ray of heavenly love;
      Let there in my dark soul be light;
      And fill the illustrated abyss
      With glorious beams of endless bliss.

      2 Let there be light, again command,
      And light there in our hearts shall be,
      We then through faith shall understand
      Thy great mysterious majesty;
      And, by the shining of thy grace,
      Behold in Christ thy glorious face.

      3 Father of everlasting grace,
      Be mindful of thy changeless word;
      We worship toward that holy place
      In which thou dost thy name record,
      Dost make thy gracious nature known,
      That living temple of thy Son.

      4 Thou dost with sweet complacence see
      The temple filled with light divine;
      And art thou not well pleased with me,
      Who, turning to that heavenly shrine,
      Through Jesus to thy throne apply,
      Through Jesus for acceptance cry '

      5 With all who for redemption groan,
      Father, in Jesu's name I pray,
      And still we cry and wrestle on,
      Till mercy take our sins away:
      Hear from thy dwelling-place in heaven,
      And now pronounce our sins forgiven.

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